Spring 2021 FAQ

To prepare for Spring 2021 enrollment, we have created this list of FAQs for your reference.  For more FAQs and information, check out the Office of the Registrar’s Spring Enrollment page.

 

For academic advising information, please visit our academic advising webpage.

Classes

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What classes will be offered in the Spring 2021 semester?

Click here to view the preview of courses that are planned to be offered for the Spring 2021 semester.

Click here for information on how to use the spring course preview. 

Please note: This preview is a draft of what the University is planning to offer in Spring 2021. Changes to the spring course schedule will continue to be made. The final schedule of spring 2021 classes will be available in early December at enroll.wisc.edu.

Which classes will be online and which classes will be in-person?

Class sections with enrollment over 50 will be online. Class sections with enrollment at 49 or less could be online, in person, or a mix of online and in-person.  

The full schedule of classes for Spring 2021 – including details such as modes of instruction, course meeting times, and whether courses are synchronous or asynchronous,  – will be available in Course Search & Enroll in early December.

How do I know which classes are synchronous or asynchronous?

The full schedule of classes for Spring 2021 – including details such as modes of instruction, course meeting times, and whether courses are synchronous or asynchronous – will be available in Course Search & Enroll in early December.

Can you tell me more about the Advanced Economics Elective courses being offered this spring?

This Spring 2021 semester, we will be offering the following Advanced Economics Elective courses: Econ 400, 410, 441, 450, 455, 458, 460, 464, 475, 503, 521, 548, 570, 580, 621, 623, 661, 690 (002) – Experimental, 690 (003) – Policy Evaluation, and Econ 695- Machine Learning. You can find short descriptions of these courses and their prerequisites on the preview of courses. You can also find here in-depth descriptions of our spring economics courses being offered

How do I know if my course is 3 credits or 4 credits?

If a course has variable credit, Course Search & Enroll will note how many credits all undergraduates must take the course for. This information will be listed under the “Course Prerequisites” section on Course Search once it is live in early December. (For example, it may say: “Undergraduates must enroll for 4 credits.” As a general rule, classes with a discussion section are 4 credits (the 4th credit is your discussion section).

What is the difference between Econ 400 and Econ 410?

Check out this page for an in-depth description of the differences between these two classes!

What is Econ 690 and why are there multiple Econ 690’s to choose from?

Econ 690 is an advanced economics topics course with sections/discussions that change semester to semester. This semester, Spring 2021, there are two sections of Econ 690—so, there are two different 690 courses to choose from. Econ 690, Section 002 is Experimental Economics and Econ 690, Section 003 is Policy Evaluation. You can also find here in-depth descriptions of our spring economics courses being offered.

On the Course Search and Enroll app it says that Econ 521 and 464 are intermediate level classes, but on the guide, DARS, and the Econ website, it lists them as Advanced. What is this?

The Course Search and Enroll App listing for intermediate and advanced level is NOT the same as the Advanced Economics Electives that are required for the major! The first is an L&S categorization tool and the Advanced Economics Elective designation is a requirement for the major. If you are looking for an Advanced Economics Elective use your DARS as your only guide! Econ 464 and 521 ARE Advanced Economics Electives for major requirements. 

Advanced Economics Electives are courses that require completion of one or both intermediate economic theory courses and are taught in the Department of Economics; they do not include cross-listed courses, or courses taught by other departments. This Spring 2021 semester, we will be offering the following Advanced Economics Electives: Econ 400, 410, 441, 450, 455, 458, 460, 464, 475, 503, 521, 548, 570, 580, 621, 623, 661, 690 (002) – Experimental, 690 (003) – Policy Evaluation, and Econ 695- Machine Learning. 

Other applied electives in economics are courses that require at least Econ 101. They may originate in our department or be cross-listed with our department. A very specific list of Econ Advanced Electives and applied electives is broken out on your DARS and on our website.

ENROLLMENT, ENROLLMENT TOOLS, & PERMISSIONS

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What is DARS and how can I use it?

DARS is your degree audit report system-it tells you what credits you’ve completed, and what you have left to complete your major and degree requirements. Click here to run a DARS.

New to DARS (degree audit)? Check out these video tutorials and step-by-step instructions:

You can also begin to plan your schedule by adding courses to Degree Planner. You can learn more about degree planner, here.

I have a hold on my account-what do I do?

Click here for instructions on how to view your holds and who to contact to resolve them.

I need help enrolling-where can I find tutorials?

Check out the Office of the Registrar’s how-to page for tutorials on enrollment.

I cannot get into Econ 300, 306, 320, and 420. Why?

These classes are owned by the Wisconsin School of Business and are cross-listed with Economics. As such, these courses have their enrollment managed by their respective BBA office (for example, enrollment for Finance/Econ 300 is managed by the Dept. of Finance). Priority enrollment is given to students declared in Wisconsin School of Business with their major or the Business Certificate. Undeclared students must wait to enroll until a certain date (date for Spring semester enrollment currently TBD). The date in which non-declared business students can first enroll will be listed under the Class Notes section on Course Search and Enroll (once it is live in early December).

I want to enroll in a Masters or PhD class – what do I do?

You need permission from the instructor (or instructors) of that particular course. For Masters level courses, you should email that approval to both EconAdvise (econadvise@ssc.wisc.edu) and Tchai Veu (veu@wisc.edu) to have your permission entered in the system. For PhD level courses, you should email that approval to both EconAdvise and gradpro@ssc.wisc.edu. If you are not sure which level the course is, please contact us at through EconAdvise.  Remember, this is an ASK of the professor, not a guarantee.

I don’t have credit for Econ 310, but I have a substitute class. What do I do to get into a class that requires Econ 310 as a prereq?

You must contact an economics advisor (econadvise@ssc.wisc.edu) to obtain permission to enroll in such a course. You must specify your campus ID number, class lecture and preferred discussion section too. A permission into a class in this case is NOT a guarantee of enrollment. 

I need permission into a class because I do not meet the prerequisite (certain class, honors only, instructor consent, or related). How do I get such a permission?

The best thing you can do is email econadvise@ssc.wisc.edu with your campus ID number and situation. From here, an advisor will either give you a permission or inform you of the next steps to take before a permission can, or could, be given. Remember, this is just a permission to enroll in the course. YOU (student) must enroll in the course through Course Search and Enroll, like with any other course. A permission may not guarantee you a spot into a course.

What is your waitlist policy? Will I get off the waitlist for my class?

Economics Advanced Electives and other high-demand courses many times do have wait lists that students may register for. Students are not guaranteed a seat in the class if they enroll on the waitlist. As space becomes available, graduating economics seniors will have preference.

For courses that are cross-listed with other departments, the wait list will be maintained by the primary department offering the course (for example, Finance/Economics 300 is owned by the Finance Department-so, the waitlist for this class is managed by the Finance Department).

If you are offered a spot off of the waitlist, you will receive an email from our office instructing you to enroll in the course.

Questions regarding the waitlist for an economics course may be directed to econadvise@ssc.wisc.edu.

Questions about the general use of a wait list should be referred to the Enrollment Helpline in the Office of the Registrar.

DEADLINES

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What is the drop deadline for Fall 2020? What is the drop deadline for Spring 2021?

All deadline and timeline information can be found here.

GRADUATION

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When I apply to graduate it doesn’t list Economics as my major. Why?!

There could be two reasons here. 1) You didn’t declare Economics as your major OR 2) your other major is outside of the College of Letters and Science (example: if you are majoring in finance and economics you will only see finance. Finance is in the WSB and, as such, your home school where you are earning your degree from.) Additionally, you will NOT see your certificates listed under your application for graduation. 

What do I need to do before I graduate?

Students must apply for graduation via their Student Center to indicate that they are nearing completion of their degree. See the Office of the Registrar’s website for information and instructions about this process. In addition, we advise students to do the following:

  1. Look at your DARS report via MyUW. Read it over carefully to find deficiencies-if you are meeting all requirements to graduate, everything will be GREEN. Be aware that each major (if you have more than one) will have its own DARS report
    1. *Keep in mind that your DARS is showing in-progress classes (for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) as classes you will keep and pass. If you do not pass your classes, or get the GPA you need, this could influence your graduation date.
  2. Check to make sure your major(s) is/are declared correctly. That is, make sure you have officially added and/or dropped majors so that the list of majors on record is exactly what you want for graduation. If not, go to the individual departments to add or drop a major. This also applies if you have declared Honors in the Liberal Arts (L&S students) or Honors in the Major.
  3. Talk to an advisor about questions you have about meeting requirements.

I’m graduating this Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 and I hear that Economics has its own ceremony. Where do I find more information about this?

Economics does host our own Economics graduation the Thursday before all-UW graduation. This graduation welcomes family and friends to honor the accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students. Find out more info here.
*Keep in mind this current date is assuming that in-person gatherings are safe come May.